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Is there a clear top coat that will bond to a copper penny floor??

We are in the process  of laying a copper penny floor in our entryway.

Is there a clear coat for the uppermost layer that will bond to the pennies, and stand up to foot traffic and cleaning?

Thank you for your time and consideration!

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Burf (author)2014-02-24

As the others have said, an epoxy coating is your most viable solution. However, there are a few issues you should consider; an epoxy top coat can be very slippery, especially when wet; epoxy doesn't breathe and if the floor doesn't have a vapor barrier underneath, de-lamination may be a problem, and lastly, be prepared for sticker shock.

Epoxy floor coatings run about $100+ per gallon and cover around 250 square feet on bare concrete. Filling all those voids between the pennies will decrease the coverage exponentially.

iceng (author)2014-02-24

Yes, do epoxy because pennies after 1982 are not copper and in the presence of water and shoe dirt begin to disintegrate in less then a lustrum.

iceng (author)iceng2014-02-24

Less then 5 yrs

mpilchfamily (author)2014-02-24

Use a clear 2 part epoxy.